Bible Verses

“But among you, it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” – Matthew 20:26

“If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.” – Proverbs 29:14

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3

“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” –
Proverbs 29:11

“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in the abundance of counselors there is victory.” – Proverbs 11:14

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

Leadership is not limited to companies, politics, or religious organizations.  Leadership affects families, friends, and general groups.  Regardless of how strong a leader is or how educated, or experienced, it is critical for the leader to serve people as well as guide them. 

Being truthful with everyone even when it may cause pain initially is a vital part of Biblical leadership.  Over a period, speaking the truth will benefit everyone.

A good leader will provide guidance that helps everyone do their job but remain humble instead of taking credit for success.  A good leader will also control their reactions to challenges until taking the time to evaluate the entire situation. 

Christian Bible Lesson For Today

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Julie started a business five years ago.  She called the business “Blue Ribbon Advertising”.  The business provided guidance for content and ad placement through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Julie started working by herself but gradually grew the company to twenty-two employees.  Because she worked by herself initially, she developed her own process for establishing new clients and supporting them.  As she added staff, she still controlled all the work and made sure everyone knew she was responsible for all the accomplishments. 

During the first two years, Julie had over a 50% turnover in her staff.  She was working more hours after hiring people than when she worked alone, but only completed 20% more business.  She had one high-quality staff member named Randy who was productive and stayed working for her for more than two years.   

Julie was concerned about her business.  She was comfortable with Randy, so she asked him for his view regarding the management of the company.  This was the first time she asked a staff member for their ideas. 

Randy told her that if she wanted to have staff members work for a long period of time, she was going to have to support them in more ways than just their salary.  He told her to give them credit for the appropriate successes, and to not immediately lash out at them for making mistakes.  Take some time and communicate the benefits of doing things the proper way. 

Julie thought about what Randy said.  She did not agree with all his examples, but for the first time, she saw that it is important to consider the feelings of her staff.  She worked with Randy to improve the relationship with the staff and within six months the staff turnover dropped significantly.  

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Just because a person knows the details of how an organization should operate, does not mean that the best approach to running the organization is to control every process and take credit for achievements.   Supporting the people in the organization is fundamental for any good leader.  The health of the organization should be the primary concern, not the status of the leader.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.